By Chris De Benedetti
NEWARK — As nearly 10,000 people last year crowded into the state’s first-ever Halal Food & Eid Festival, its unexpected popularity caused long lines and food shortages, leading organizers to rethink this year’s reprise.
Co-organizer Irfan Rydhan says now they’re ready for a throng of revelers outside NewPark Mall, where the festival Saturday will celebrate food prepared according to Islamic dietary rules.
“We’re going to do a few things differently that will help things run more smoothly,” said Rydhan, a San Jose resident and architectural designer. [Read more…]